In Case You Missed it,

100 Prose Writers, Poets & Guests

Celebrating A Century of Words!

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Charlotte Writers Club

Workshop & Gala on Sunday May 22nd

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"Why the Short Story?"

kicked off the festivities

Ruth Moose, in the Ivey Forum with a whiteboard, logo cookies and a book hot off the presses.

Showcasing the CWC commitment to writer education. Participants are working on a writing exercise.

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The Gala Like No Other!

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Ruth Moose received the Adelia Kimball Founders Award for extraordinary service to the CWC and the greater writing community, "Ideals fixed to Literary Stars." She is pictured above with Dede Wilson and Irene Honeycutt, both former CWC presidents and Founders Award recipents and with current president Caroline Kane Kenna.

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Former North Carolina Poet Laureate Joseph Bathanti and his wife Joan, braved wind and rain to get to Charlotte for our event and brought the house down with his keynote address that spoke of his history with CWC. He reminded the writers present that they have a responsibility to the word: “Our words and our stories – all stories – matter.”

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The grand affair began with a show of hands--Caroline Kane Kenna, President of the CWC, imagined CWC founder Adelia Kimball looking down at the writers who had come together, proud that her long-ago short story class had evolved,a hundred years later into the CWC, "our community of writers involved in every imaginable genre."


Above a surprised Ruth Moose receives her Founders Award. Irene Honeycutt, in her presentation, quoted Doris Betts who highly praised this writer, stating:  “No other writer has produced a body of short stories that so deftly captures the Southern mindset, history and language."

And pictured below, David Collins, the President/Elect, closes out the evening by looking to the future.

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The big news, David Collins announced that the CWC has received a grant for $8,691from the City of Charlotte’s Infusion Fund and the Foundation for the Carolinas and will use the funds to improve the club’s website – and that the celebration of the CWC’s centennial will continue on October 2nd when the club hosts Therese Anne Fowler, a North Carolina writer with a string of New York Times best sellers, to talk about her newest book, It All Comes Down to This, and of her life in writing.

Old friends. New friends. Music. Conversation.

In the Atrium and on the Terrace

dressed in your finery and partying like only writers can!

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The CWC History Display

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Perusing items from the CWC archives curated by Anshu Gupta.

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The Silent Auction

Books Galore! a typewriter, Writers Tears & More

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Silent Auction Raises $735 for Club Coffers:

Thank You! Dave for seeing this from idea to end product.

Thank you to the donors--speakers and/or workshops providers; friends and family of the CWC and to CWC members who offered services we writers can use like editing and mentoring.  Thank you for making the bidding interesting. 

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And the high bidders are:

Christine Arvidson

John McGillicuddy

Caroline Kenna

Anshu Gupta

David Collins

Axel Dahlberg

William Phillips

Lucinda Trew

Sallie E. Seltzer

Mark Kenna

Tara Marshall

Christopher Dudzik

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The 2021-2022 Executive Board (left to right,): John McGillicuddy, treasurer, Axel Dahlberg, Membership VP, President Caroline Kenna and Debra Wallin, Immediate Past President, and VP/President /Elect David Collins.

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CWC North Board, (left to right) Caroline Kenna, Tara Marshall, Connie Fisher, Ione O'Hara, Gilda Syverson and Sandra Phillips.

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CWC former presidents and 2022 A.L. Kimball Founders Awards recipients David Radavich and Gina Carroll Howard, are pictured with current Immediate Past President Wallin and president Kenna.

Swag Bags & Such!

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This Bag is Yours!

If you paid for the gala and then were not able to celebrate with us, we

have a swag bag with your name in it!

Contact Caroline or Dave to collect yours.


For the Work Planning & Executing

A successful Event!

There are more pictures and context on the CWC Centennial page and on Facebook.

These photos were provided by Jay Ancrum, Irene Honeycutt, Joe Spencer and Debra Wallin.

If you snapped pictures, please share them!

Later this Summer:

Socialize with & Celebrate the Authors of the CWC!


Learn more about Therese Anne Fowler, on the CWC Centennial page & Online.

In the Fall:

We've Booked The Van Every Auditorium

at The Mint on Randolph Road

for a conversation with The New York Times best-selling author:


on Sunday evening, October 2nd.

The North Carolina novelist will be in Charlotte to talk books, writing and life to help us celebrate our centennial and to launch her latest It All Comes Down to This.

Tickets for the fall event, in the auditorium, will go on sale later this summer. We are working with Park Road Books for this event.

Support Our Members & Our Partners

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Thank You to Our Partners!

The Charlotte Writers Club, a non profit organization, is supported, in part, by the Infusion Fund and its generous donors*. 

To see the complete list of donors, go to the Foundations for the Carolinas website.

Charlotte Lit

Click the image to see what Lit

co-founders and CWC members Kathie Collins & Paul Reali have cooking for you.


Charlotte Readers Podcast


Click the image to see what CWC member Landis Wade, the host and creator of Charlotte Readers Podcast has in store as he celebrates 300 episodes later in June.

The Personal Story Publishing Project

Eight CWC members are among the 45 writers with stories included in “Curious Stuff,” vol. 6 in the Personal Story Publishing Project, edited by Randell Jones of Winston-Salem, also a CWC member.

Janet K. Baxter, Nikki Campo, Carlton Clayton, Cherie Cox, Doug Croft, Mary Alice Dixon, J.P. McGillicuddy, and Doug Morrison have stories in the collection.

Other CWC members’ stories have appeared in prior collections in the PSPP series.

Copies of the book and information about the Call for Personal Stories for the next collection on the theme “Twists and Turns” can be found at and in the newsletter above.

You can hear the stories through “6-minute Stories” podcast.

Mary Alice Dixon’s story was released on March 30.

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Click the book cover above to visit the PSPP website.


Open Mic Night at Mugs Coffee

Where members practice reading their work

Click the image to learn more and see who read at open mic the previous month. The Open Mic is Every fourth Friday of the month

               7:00-9:00 p.m.

(Only Members can register to read - all others welcome to hear great stories!)


Membership in the Charlotte Writers Club entitles you to participate in workshops, critique groups, contests, and guest speaker programs. The cost is a modest $35 per year for individuals and $20 for students.

We welcome all writers in all genres and forms to join our Charlotte-area literary community. Your membership in the Charlotte Writers Club helps support writers, readers, and literacy at a critical time in our nation's and our city's history.

To Join or Renew click this Membership Link and follow the instructions.

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